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Using a Job Shop/Temp. Agency to Get Work
by Brian S. Konradt of BSK Communications and Associates


Job Shops/Temp. Agencies
Our downsized economy has given birth to a rapidly expanding market of temp. agencies and job shops, which forecasters say, are here to stay.

These job shops cater to businesses that need outside help to assist them with their projects. Although you don't need job shops to get freelance work, they can be a rewarding source to get work when you need it the most or to help you launch your own freelance career.

Advantages of Job Shops
There's no need to hunt for clients, since job shops hunt them down or the client approaches the job shop to get temp. workers and freelance talents. The job shop secures the client—not you—and then matches the most qualified freelancers whose talents and skills meet the needs of the project, hooks the freelancers up with the client, arranges payment, and pays the freelancers promptly when the project is completed.

Disadvantages of Job Shops
You don't get paid for what your time is worth, since the job shop negotiates the project rate with the client and deducts a 10-15% commission from your paycheck.

The other disadvantage is the clutter of competition. Most job shops have you file a resume with them. They then enter you into a database—and the database chooses the most qualified freelancers for the project, it's usually not a human decision.

If you don't have specialized skills or you lack skills, don't expect to receive work any time soon.

Advice: Although job shops may help you get work, establish credentials, collect samples, and give you a paycheck, many freelancers say you really don't need them to survive in the long-term.

Brian Konradt is the owner and operator of FreelanceWriting.com, a Web site dedicated to help writers master the business and creative sides of freelance writing. Mr. Konradt is also the principal of BSK Communications & Associates, a communications/publishing business in New Jersey, which he established in 1992.









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